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July 11th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Always think of what you have to do as easy and it will become so.
How we think about the activities before us is very important. If we think cleaning the garage is hard, dirty, and no chance for fun, that’s just how it will feel. We’ll be tired before we even begin. However, if we a…[Read more]
Someone asked me to share this….
“Blues Thoughts for the evening”
Her short dark hair has a glint of blue as the setting sun strikes it. She stands in the fading light trying to decide what to do, where to go, what to feel…. the girl has proven herself in this world time and time again as a surviver. Overcomming obsticals and challenges most…[Read more]
JULY 11 Reflection for the Day
Someone once defined the ego as “the sum total of false ideas about myself.” Persistent reworking of the Twelve Steps enables me gradually to strip away my false ideas about myself. This permits nearly imperceptible but steady growth in my understanding of the truth about myself. And this, in turn, leads to a…[Read more]
July 10th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.
—Karl A. Menninger
Two of the problems common to men in this program are fear and lack of trust. Many of us have unconsciously enlarged our fears and returned to them again and again. Do we dwell excessively on fears? Are we too fearful a…[Read more]
JULY 10 Reflection for the Day
The Gamblers Anonymous Program is a road, not a resting place. Before we came to this Program – and, for some of us, many times afterward – most of us looked for answers to our living problems in religion, philosophy, psychology, in theories of self-control and personal growth. Often these explorations of ours aimed…[Read more]
July 9th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Of course, fortune has its part in human affairs, but conduct is really much more important.
It’s not infrequent that we are faced with a dilemma; what is the best action to take in a certain situation? We can be guided, rightly, in every situation if we but turn inward and let our c…[Read more]
JULY 9 Reflection for the Day
Samuel Johnson wrote: “…he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything other than his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.” Today I understand that I am not the evil person I once thought I was, only that I…[Read more]
Can’t stop? Or Can’t stop once you start? Don’t start. That’s advice for the cg.
July 8th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Going with the Flow
Go with the flow.
Let go of fear and your need to control. Relinquish anxiety. Let it slip away, as you dive into the river of the present moment, the river of your life, your place in the universe.
Stop trying to force the direction. Try not to swim against the current, unless it is…[Read more]
Just joined today, I really wanted to see what this community is all about. I have been thinking for years that I have a gambling problem, and I do. every online screen test that I take I can score to nearly a perfect score, pointing out that I am a compulsive gambler. I know that I have a compulsive person, but this one truly hurts.…[Read more]
JULY 8 Reflection for the Day
When we speak with a friend in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, we shouldn’t hesitate to remind him or her of our need for privacy. Intimate communication is normally so free and easy among us that even a friend or sponsor may sometimes forget when we expect him to remain silent. Such “privileged communications” have…[Read more]
July 7th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Those who are mentally and emotionally healthy are those who have learned when to say yes, when to say no, and when to say whoopee!
—Willard S. Krabill
We men have fallen into many difficulties because of poorly defined personal boundaries. Some of us never learned to say no to our mothers and felt i…[Read more]
JULY 7 Reflection for the Day
What wonderful things could happen in my life if I could get rid of my natural impulse to justify my actions. Is honesty so deeply repressed under layers of guilt that I can’t release it to understand my motives? Being honest with ourselves isn’t easy. It’s difficult to search out why I had this or that impulse and,…[Read more]
July 6th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Forgiveness is all-powerful. Forgiveness heals all ills.
Getting mad at someone, a friend perhaps, is normal. Everybody gets mad sometimes. But when we stay mad for very long, it ruins all the fun we’d planned on having throughout the day. Staying mad multiplies. Sometimes it seems we a…[Read more]
JULY 6 Reflection for the Day
Some people in the Gamblers Anonymous Program feel that they can’t do the things they want to do. They doubt their own ability. But actually, every person has untapped ability. We’re children of God, which should give us a strong clue as to the infinite nature of our ability. As spiritual beings, we’re unlimited. We…[Read more]
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JULY 5 Reflection for the Day
I am free to be, to do, to accept, to reject. I am free to be the wise, loving, kind, and patient person I want to be. I’m free to do that which I consider wise – that which will in no way harm or hinder another person. I’m free to do that which will lead me into the paths of peace and satisfaction. I’m free to…[Read more]
July 5th Hazelden Thought for the Day
We begin recovering. We begin taking care of ourselves. Our recovery program starts to work in our life, and we begin to feel good about ourselves.
Then it hits. Guilt.
Whenever we begin to experience the fullness and joy of life, we may feel guilty about those we’ve left behind – those not…[Read more]
July 4th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Freedom means the right to be different, the right to be oneself.
Each of us is a unique creature and has special gifts to contribute to the world. We were not free in the past because we were slaves to addictions and codependency. We know that freedom is precious. Compulsions and p…[Read more]
JULY 4 Reflection for the Day
It’s time for me to become willing to do what is takes to recover my personal responsibility, even if that means giving over the financial reins to another. Just as there are paradoxes in the Steps – admitting my life’s unmanageability in order that it become manageable again, surrendering to a Higher Power in order…[Read more]
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